re·​lieved | \ ri-ˈlēvd How to pronounce relieved (audio) \

Definition of relieved

: experiencing or showing relief especially from anxiety or pent-up emotions

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relievedly \ ri-​ˈlē-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce relievedly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of relieved in a Sentence

I was relieved to hear that you're feeling better. He was greeted at the door by his much relieved mother.
Recent Examples on the Web That explains why, when Stephen Curry underwent surgery early last month on a broken bone in his left hand, many in Golden State’s front office were more relieved than sad. Connor Letourneau,, "Inside look at Warriors’ draft thinking: Intriguing prospect, trade potential," 21 Dec. 2019 No one was more relieved, though, than Boone, having failed in his gamble to squeeze by with a journeyman reliever in the seventh inning. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "Down, 4-3, Yankees Club Two Solo Homers in the 9th," 1 Sep. 2019 No one is more relieved — and nervous — than Biden himself. Philip Elliott / Concord, Time, "Joe Biden Is on Top of the Democratic Primary Field. How Does He Stay There?," 5 June 2019 Nobody looked more relieved when Kuznetsov scored to eliminate the Penguins than Ovechkin did. Charles P. Pierce,, "Even After a Loss, Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals Remain Calm," 16 May 2018 After the final ball sailed long, Nadal lay on his back for some time, relieved and victorious. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Rafael Nadal Defeats Daniil Medvedev in the Best U.S. Open Men’s Final of This Century," 9 Sep. 2019 Unlike her interview in that small room outside the El Paso courthouse, Ricci sounded relieved and calm during the phone call last week. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, ""I fear for our lives": Asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico face danger and desperation," 13 Aug. 2019 Smith was relieved but not surprised Moore was uninjured. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Zack Smith believes fighting has a place in hockey — but that doesn’t mean the Blackhawks forward wants to hurt anybody: ‘It’s not a good feeling’," 6 Dec. 2019 Sarah Anderson kept checking behind her, relieved to see the child seat occupied. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After his son's mysterious death, a Wisconsin dad researched 6,000 rare diseases. Then doctors found the answer that saved his other child.," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of relieved

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relieved was in 1850

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16 Jan 2020

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“Relieved.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of relieved

: feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult or unpleasant has been stopped, avoided, or made easier : feeling relief

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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